NGCI Welcomes New Board of Director

The NGCI Board understands they are accountable to the shareholders (Leaders) and share the responsibility in succession planning for the ECN Board Members.  A smooth transition is essential to maintain the confidence of Leadership, business partners, customers and employees, and provides the incoming ECN Board Members with a solid platform from which to move the company forward. The ECN Board Member’s succession plan is linked to NGCI’s vision, mission, strategic goals, and financial objectives with the intent of keeping the organization moving forward.

The ECN Board Members along with the Governance & Executive Committee are involved in the process from start to finish and report outcomes and recommendations to the Board of NGCI for information and approval.  The Board then reports to the Leadership to recommend the successful candidates.  Recently, the Board Succession Plan completed its search to replace predecessor Geraldine Hill. 

As of July 1, 2020, Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) and Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief & Council, officially announce the newest Board of Director, Mr. Ray Wanuch. 

Ray was born in Edmonton, Alberta, raised on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement and is of First Nations descent from the Ermineskin Cree Nation. He has obtained a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1989; and also possesses the Technician and the Professional Level Certification from Cando.

Ray is married to Nola Wanuch from the Enoch Cree Nation, and have three children: Wendell, Natasha and Sydney, and five wonderful grandchildren.   In his past time he loves to play golf and currently learning guitar.

Prior to working with Cando, he was the CEO of Settlement Investment Corporation and currently serves on Settlement Investment Corporation’s board. He then moved on to facilitate and manage the Métis Settlements Economic Viability Strategy, which received international recognition for sustainable development.  Ray managed and taught a self-employment program for the Métis Nation of Alberta. Formed a consulting company with his wife to produce business and community strategic plans. Volunteer work includes being appointed to the Alberta Water Council by the Métis Settlements General Council; as well as serving as the former Cando Co-President and director representing Alberta. Ray also served on the Kainai health board and currently serves on the Changing Horses Board of Directors. Changing Horses is made up of a core group of medical professionals and friends from the Kainai First Nation who wish to address addictions stemming from drug, alcohol, and the current Opioid crisis.

It is our pleasure to welcome Ray Wanuch to the NGCI team while serving the community of Ermineskin Cree Nation as a Board of Director.  We also express our sincere gratitude to the outgoing Board of Director, Geraldine Hill.  Geraldine completed a 4-year term with great support and dedication to NGCI.  Hiy Hiy!!